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SHALL THE MANSE WORK END? ment? We are but just beginning to re
About two years ago a long-cherished ceive the first installment of the loans made hope of the Board was fulfilled by the lib- a year ago; but very naturally these first eral gift of $25,000 to form a fund to aid installments are for small amounts, for in churches in the erection of manses. As the all loans the Board has deemed it wise to fund was of a limited amount, two things make the first year's repayment smaller were manifest from the very inception of
than those of the two succeeding years. the work: first, that if disbursed in absolute From these repayments, if all are promptly grants, it would very soon be exhausted, made, the Board will receive before the first and secondly, even if paid out only in the of next April just $1850; but already some form of loans, the amount in hand, if unin- of the churches are asking for an extension creased, would be inadequate to meet the of time. Assuming, however, that the 31850 annual requirements of the work. Yet the will be received, we shall be enabled to General Assembly, in view of the pressing make loans for the building of manses to need of houses of worship, did not dare to about five or six churches before the close permit any of the regular contributions of of the present ecclesiastical year. Even the churches to be diverted to the manse after the system is thoroughly arranged and fund. It felt constrained to confine that the money returns with established regularfund to “special gifts and such portions of ity, we should upon the present basis be able church collections as may be designated by to aid only about eighteen churches each the givers for this end."
year, while the number that will certainly As yet the additional contributions have apply and with equally good reasons will been very small, less than $3000 in the reach fifty annually, and probably more. aggregate having been received. At the
Is it necessary to do more than to present end of eighteen months of administration these simple facts to convince any one that the result is what from the beginning was the fund ought to be immediately enlarged ? foreseen. The fund has been all pledged, For this, in the name of scores of patient and the 'only certain resource for future and suffering wives of our home missionwork is the repayment of the loans by the aries, we plead to-day. No more beneficent churches. But these payments are in in- scheme has ever been devised than this, that stallments running through three years. It aims to provide homes for our pastors upon is thus evident that, even if no absolute the frontier. As we write, a letter comes in grants are made and all installments are from Washington Territory, which speaks punctually repaid, the fund, if unincreased, eloquently of the need of such help. will afford a working capital only to the “Last May," the writer says, “I was amount each year of one-third of the fund, commissioned by the Home Missionary or, as the account stands at present (a por- Board to come and labor in this fieldtion having been given in absolute grants), Waitsburg and Prescott. My home is to be about one-third of twenty-four thousand dol- at Waitsburg. I arrived there on the 9th lars, or eight thousand dollars a year. of July, but have not yet been able to
This amount, if promptly received, would secure a house. It is a town of about eight be entirely inadequate to the work that hundred people, and all the houses in town should be done. To meet the reasonable are taken up. The people are talking of expectations of struggling churches, over- building a house for us, as my wife is very burdened ministers and suffering women anxious to start housekeeping, for she would and children, not less than 820,000 should rather do her own work than board, and be disbursed each year, and with the utmost besides boarding is too expensive. The stringency in administration not less than church and society are not very strong, and two or three thousand of this amount should they are just through with paying for buildbe given in absolute grants.
ing a church, and hence feel rather poor to But how do we stand at the present mo- commence building a manse without outside help. There is a grand outlook to this field started last May upon a tour of observation and country, but at present the people are around the world. He was present at the not many nor well to do. The country is meeting of the Assembly in Omaha, and new, just opening up, with plenty of room proposed upon its adjournment to visit the for farmers and business men to till the fields of greatest activity in home mission land and build factories and open up busi- work in Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Caliness of every description ; plenty of room fornia, and afterwards to sail for Japan with too for workers in Christ's vineyard. Will the purpose of reaching China, Siam, India you have the goodness to forward me a and Syria before returning home next year. blank form for applying for aid in building We were greatly gratified at the receipt of a manse and other information that may be the following cordial letter from San Franneedful?"
cisco, written just before he sailed for the What shall we reply to such an applica. East: tion, which is one of similar appeals reach
SAN FRANCISCO, August 30, 1887. ing us every day?
MY DEAR BROTHER WHITE:-On my jourBrethren, cannot $50,000 be raised imme- ney across the continent, in my conferences
with the brethren, I have heard many pleasant diately as a special contribution to the manse
things with regard to the work of the Board of fund ? How better can we signalize this
Church Erection. I have been delighted to centennial year than by monuments of be- find the work so highly appreciated, and to nevolence and mercy? And what cause can hear so much approbation and gratitude exappeal more eloquently than the provision pressed with regard to it, and I have been myof homes for the wives and little ones of self led to realize more than ever its importance those who are standing for us upon the fron- as an adjunct of the great work of home mis
sions. tier to save this country for Christ? The General Assembly proposes that this
It is really a department of home mission
work. As I have seen how some of our missioncontribution shall be designated as a memo
ary brethren live, and to what straits they rial of the late Dr. Wilson, who gave his
are ofttimes put to secure a comfortable home, best years to the work of the Board. Breth
I have recognized the benefit of your manse ren, are you willing that this plan, that fund. Before I go hence I want to make a appeals so strongly to our sympathy for the small contribution to that fund, especially as a suffering, and to our reverence for the faith- part of the memorial fund to bear the name of ful brother and soldier of Christ who has
that noble man, Dr. H. R. Wilson. Enclosed
please find check for $50 (I wish I could make gone to his reward, shall fail ? Read Dr.
it $500 or $5000), which please appropriate to Phraner's letter on this
that fund. I am well and very busy; am exthis work is estimated by one most com
pecting to sail for Japan and China on Septempetent to judge.
ber 10. With great personal regard and all Surely giving to this end is such service good wishes for you and yours, and for the as the King shall honor in the great day prosperity of the work you have in hand, I am with the answer, “INASMUCH AS YE HAVE fraternally yours,
WILSON PARANER. DONE IT UNTO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BRETHREN, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME.
HAMILTON, Mich., September 15, 1887.
REV. ERSKINE N. WHITE, WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.
MY DEAR BROTHER: Your kind letter, notifyMany of our readers will be interested in
ing us that your Board had made the grant of $500 the following letter, not only on account of
aid applied for, is received. Please accept our the kind words of encouragement to the hearty thanks. We have the building completed, Board, but also because of their personal and comply with your regulation in sending hereinterest in the writer, Dr. Wilson Phraner. with certificate signed by our trustees. We have Dr. Phraner, who has been for many years some of the work to pay, and the seats and smaller a member of the Board of Home Missions, bills to pay out of the $500. I suppose you will
forward the necessary blanks for mortgage and insurance, which, when properly executed, will put us in possession of the grant.
We have a very pretty and commodious building, of which we are justly proud, and for which we have to thank, in large measure, our good friends who will not receive direct benefit from it. Allow us, in the name of our people, to thank you for the generosity shown us and to assure you that we shall spare no endeavor to put to a discreet use the funds of the church intrusted to us. Yours fraternally,
port it! Every Sabbath our meetings at Milo grow better. It was more the other way before we had our church. I think the spiritual prospects are even better than its worldly prosperity, and I believe we soon shall have a very large church there. Excuse delay, as I live fifteen miles from the nearest trustee and they are all scattered.
Yours in Christ,
H. C. BRADBURY.
EAST PORTLAND, OR., July 22, 1887. Rev. ERSKINE N. WHITE, D.D.
DEAR BROTHER :— Enclosed find the papers necessary to the securing of the grant made to the First Presbyterian Church of East Portland by the Board of Church Erection. Our people are justly proud of their effort. We now have one of the best locations in the city. Our building was removed in safety, with the exception of fallen plastering. We are now on a good foundation. We worship no more in the miasmatic clouds which rise from the slough of despair. Our house has been repainted on the outside, replastered and kalsomined, and the inside wood work given a good coat of oil finish. We now have the most attractive house of worship in the city, all free from incumbrance. It has cost us about $1700, but the people gladly came to the rescue when they saw that another effort would give them such a good house. With the $500 from the Board our bills will be paid. Please draw the check in favor of Walter Jones, who is one of our trustees and will attend to it promptly.
With many thanks to yourself and the Board which you represent, for your generous assistance, I remain Yours fraternally,
D. D. GHORMLY.
SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA. Sabbath, July 24, was a joyful day for the members and friends of the Presbyterian church and congregatiou of this place, which may well be called the Saratoga of Iowa. On that day their new church was dedicated to the worship of God. The day was beautiful, the audience full, and Rev. D. W. Fahs, pastor of Lemars church, preached an excellent sermon. Rev. T. S. Bailey, of Carroll, with the pastors of the Baptist and Methodist churches of Spirit Lake, was present and assisted in the services. Seven hundred dollars was still needed to free the church of debt-a large sum for such a community to raise after having done so much at the beginning of the enterprise. But by heroic effort it was done and the house dedicated free from all incumbrances. The church is a model of neatness and convenience, of modern architecture, with audience and prayer-meeting rooms connected by folding doors. It will seat from 200 to 250 persons comfortably. It is a monument of faith and perseverance on the part of this feeble congregation. The country is new and the people poor in this world's goods, but rich in faith. Three years ago Rev. Mr. Carpenter took up this work with fourteen members and no Sunday-school, worshipping in a dingy hall up stairs. Now he has fifty members, a good Sunday: school, a full congregation, a beautiful church and a fine prospect for future usefulness. Too much credit in this case cannot be given to Brother Carpenter and his wife, with the band of noble women who have co-operated with her in the women's society. Without the help of those women this church could not have been built. The Board of Church Erection gave the generous sum of $60 toward the building, which cost, finished and furnished, about $3000.
T. S. B.
LINCOLN, KAx., July 27, 1887. DEAR BROTHER:—The $260 for our Milo church arrived all right. I wish you could know how good and proud we felt to be able to pay our debts here and there. God ever bless the Church Erection Board and all the good people who sup
THE MILLION-DOLLAR FUND. I have been forty-four years in the ministry.
I seem good to reach the fiftieth. Might I rest A GOOD BEGINNING.
then and look to the Board ? I think I see on The announcement in the following brief your walls, Jehovah Jireh—a good motto for letter (from one who, for the present, does your Board. With the ministerial and pastoral not allow his name to be given) will be care of two freedmen's churches, aggregating read with rejoicing and thanksgiving in
nearly nine hundred members, and sole Sabmany a minister's home-may I not say in
bath-school teacher too, I am worked very all the homes of God's people ?
much harder than when I was a more youthful
minister. “Hitherto the Lord hath helped
August 31, 1887. me.” I am healthy and strong; have a grand DEAR DOCTOR CATTELL:- I have several old wife, a help-meet indeed, and Christian times called to mind the very pleasant visits children, all in the church and one in a theoyou have kindly made me in the interests of logical seminary. And we have plenty of the Board of Ministerial Relief, and I herewith bread and milk. I am not ready yet to sit promise to give ten thousand dollars toward down, but I hope you will get the centennial the new Million-dollar Fund for aged clergy- million to pension me with by and by. men. I will make the payment to you before October 1. Hoping that my gift may prove a
Many of God's people have made, and are stimulus to others to also give, and with best
now making, money. Will they not send a wishes for ultimate success in raising the fund cheering word, this centennial year of our desired, I remain,
church, all along the line of these toiling Sincerely yours,
men-these servants of the church who, in
choosing their sacred calling, turned aside In my last interview with this noble and from every profession or pursuit by which generous man he said that as God had en
they, too, might have made money for their trusted him with more worldly wealth than
support in sickness or old age? Can those
who have wealth “rest satisfied” until such he had most people, he could not rest satisfied without sharing it with the faithful and
a faithful and self-denying minister, bearself-denying ministers who had so much less
ing the heat and burden of the day for fortythan other people. Surely God will bless
four years in missionary work, will write one who makes such use of his wealth !
not only of his “hope” but of his assurance Letters are coming to the office from
that "you will get the centennial million to home missionaries and pastors all over the
pension me with by and by"? country rejoicing that at last the church is moving in this direction. They do not ex
PER CONTRA. pect for their old age the ample provision But another announcement will be read that is made by so many corporations and with far different feelings than those of “rebusiness men and governments in return for joicing and thanksgiving." Our receipts for faithful service, but they give thanks for current expenses for each of the last three the movement that looks toward making months have fallen so far below the amount some assured provision for the worn-out received during the corresponding month minister-enough at least to keep the wolf of last year that, after voting the appropriafrom his door-in the helpless old age to tions asked for by the presbyteries for Sepwhich most of them are hastening with tember, our balance for current use is not scarcely the ability to lay by a dollar for far from the line of danger. Yet we began its wants. Let me quote from a letter that the year (April 1) with $21,389.87 in the came by last mail :
A TRUE STORY.
Those who read our Report to the last peared some months ago in the Presbyterian General Assembly may recall the sentence Journal. As here reprinted some paragraphs that followed the announcement of this have been omitted and others added by the handsome sum left in our treasury with
writer : which to begin the new year:
THE TRIALS OF A MINISTER'S FAMILY. But it would be a painful result of this large balance, which will all be needed before the
MRS. 8. D. POWER. summer months are over, if it should induce on
If people had ever taken the trouble to think the part of the friends of this sacred cause any relaxation of effort on its behalf during the
five minutes about it, they might all know that
it is only between thirty and forty years that coming year. We enter the new year with an
two-thirds of our states have been settled, and addition of nearly sixty families to our roll; and the same unwearied and zealous work that
that most of the pastors who made this rich secured the enlarged contributions of last year
western region something else than heathen
dom went out at first as home missionaries, on must not be relaxed if the Board is to continue
the slenderest salaries that would keep a man to pay in full the appropriations that will be recommended by the presbyteries.
in working order. Most of the schools where
our bright Ohio, Indiana and northwestern Already, in the first six months of the
politicians, army officers, authors and business year, this large balance of twenty-one thou
men were educated were taught by these minissand dollars is nearly exhausted and the ters and their accomplished wives, who added season for large demands upon Board is at this teaching to the exhausting toil of their hand. Has the same “unwearied and zealous parish work. The change from the drinking, work” been continued this year on the part horse-stealing, shooting, dangerous state of of the friends of this sacred cause?
pioneer society dated in most cases from the Doubtless the interest attracted by this logical studies, with much to learn, but resolute
advent of a young preacher fresh from his theocentenary fund for the permanent endow
to dare and to do, and if need be to die for the ment of the Board has had much to do with sake of his Master and the peace and good will this large falling off in the contributions for he told them to spread. Compare the Western current expenses, when, in view of the larger Reserve with the older parts of upper Canada number of families upon our roll, there in their poverty, ignorance and lawlessness if should have been an increase.
you want to see what that much-worn phrase,
“ the light of the gospel," means for a country. A remittance of $16 has just been received from a church which last year sent us $10.25.
The treasure might be in earthen vessels, but
the vessels brought it safely over mountains This shows a gratifying increase of interest
and floods, and it was treasure still. They not on the part of this congregation in our sacred
only brought control for lawless lives and comwork; but of this enlarged contribution, fort for deathbeds, but the blessings of taste $10 was directed to be sent to the General and home comforts; not only the Bible and Assembly's Centennial Committee, leaving sermons, but the school-books that made statesbut $6 for our current expenses—a little
men out of unkempt boys, the magazine and more than one half the sum contributed by
town library, the telescope and scientific appathis church last year! Another church, that
ratus, the white rosebush for the gardens and
scions for the orchard. They drafted town sent us $4.75 last year, sends this year $5.47
laws and state constitutions, they fought riot to the permanent fund and only one dollar and theft as they now fight anarchy and rum. and seventy-nine cents for our current ex- Surely people might have remembered, withpenses !
out'telling, that the men who did all this were Have pastors and elders thoughtfully read not beyond the natural life of man, that many Dr. Nelson's editorial on this very point in
of them must be still living, or if not, their the September number of THE CHURCH?
wives and children are, and it might have en
tered into their hearts to inquire how these OUR MISSIONARIES IN THE WEST.
good servants of the church and the common
wealth, and those who shared their work and The following article by one who has a
privations, were provided for. They could not thorough knowledge of what she writes ap- lay by much for themselves against old age, or